Research Associate/Lab Manager, Stanford University, USA

 Summary of Position 

The Marine Biogeochemistry Laboratory at Stanford University is seeking a Research Assistant for laboratory management and project-based research.  Projects in the lab focus on marine nitrogen cycle biogeochemistry largely using stable isotope techniques. In addition to the following essential job functions around lab management, it is expected that the candidate will contribute to specific research projects by performing and assisting with experiments, training new students and personnel, maintaining safety records, and remaining current with new procedures and related research through ongoing literature review. Travel and field work opportunities may be available.

Some of the task and duties you may perform in this positon include but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintain and repair two isotope ratio mass spectrometers and associated sample preparation systems
  • Maintain and ensure reliable operation of other laboratory equipment, including UV/Vis spectrophotometers, autoclave, shaker tables, refrigerators and freezers.
  • Maintain bacterial cultures in the laboratory
  • Prepare samples for isotope ratio mass spectrometry
  • Order laboratory materials and supplies
  • Train students and visitors in laboratory procedures and protocols
  • Organize, curate, and back up data.
  • Check data for quality control
  • Manage lab safety procedures and chemical waste pickup
  • Prepare for and participate in sea-going research activities
  • Assist in the setup and design of electronic circuits, mechanical parts, and other components.
  • Perform technical procedures to gather data in support of a research project.
  • Assist in analyzing and interpreting research data to recognize irregularities and invalid results, organize data, and develop models allowing for integration and display of data.
  • Maintain and control laboratory supplies, equipment, and systems, and perform modifications.
  • Assist in modification and adaption of standard protocols and procedures.
  • Assist in preparation of papers for publication and scientific and program reporting.
* - Other duties may also be assigned

Education & Experience:

Bachelors' degree, (but strongly prefer masters) or three years (full-time) laboratory experience in relevant field (chemistry, geochemistry, chemical oceanography). 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge and practical experience in stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry
  • Ability to make chemical solutions with accuracy
  • Experience in sterile techniques and maintaining bacterial cultures
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with word- and spreadsheet-processing (for record-keeping)
  • Demonstrated experience applying multidisciplinary scientific principles and practices to perform and assist with experimental design and coordinate laboratory activity.
  • Demonstrated experience with analysis and interpretation of research data, and ability to recognize irregularities and invalid results.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize data and develop models allowing for integration and display of data.
  • Basic experience with scientific software applications, systems, or programs relevant for the job.
  • Ability to coordinate and work with scientific or research staff and assist with technical procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and to provide information to scientific and research staff
  • Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, write by hand, lift, carry, push and pull objects weighing over 40 pounds.
  • Ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surfaces for up to eight hours.
  • Ability to lift heavy objects weighing up to 30 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • May be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise>80dB TWA, chemicals, asbestos and heavy metals. May work in confined spaces; work at heights and temperature extremes.
  • May work extended or unusual work hours based on research and project requirements.

The School of Earth Energy & Environmental Sciences

The Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (SE3) develops the knowledge and talent to understand the workings of the planet and to help solve resource and environmental challenges. The School includes a range of disciplines in geosciences, Earth system science, and energy resources engineering, and includes both disciplinary and interdisciplinary educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Earth Systems Science (ESS) is an academic department within the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences that takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the functioning of terrestrial, atmospheric, and ocean systems as well as environmental change on the local to global scale.  

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

All Applicants must submit a resume and a 1-page cover letter summarizing why they are interested in this position, their direct experience with the duties as described in the job posting, and how their qualifications relate to this position.

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